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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

designer of the week: TORY BURCH

Dear bloggers,
this week designer/ retailor is tory burch! i love her flats and her emblem is to die for! Tory Burch is luxurious and sophisticated brand sold in tory burch boutiques and over 450 fine retail stores.
the company started in twothousand-four with the opening of her free standing store in downtown NYC.

she sells ready-to-wear, shoes(my fav) and handbags. Her sensibility is also inspired by art, photography, films, travel and the work of interior designer David Hicks. Graphic prints, bold colors and ethnic detailing are all signatures of the brand.
what i enjoy about her clothes are women of any age can wear this brand. as long as the woman is sophisticated and classy with a kick she can wear Tory Burch!





spring 2010

smooches,
coco

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

weekly mag: HARPER'S BAZAAR

Dear Bloggers,
i love Bazaar! its one of my favorite fashion magazines! its got just the righ amount of fashion spreads and clothing articles (alot) mixed with random not so great article articles (few boring ones)
HISTORY:
this magazine is OOOOOOOLLDDDD!!!! The first magazine was published in 1867! it was america's FIRST FASHION MAGAZINE.
THE October 1968 issue
When Harper’s Bazaar began publication it was a weekly magazine catering to women in the middle and upper class. They showcased fashion from Germany and Paris in a newspaper design format. It wasn’t until 1901 that Harper’s moved to a monthly issued magazine which it maintains today. Now Harper's Bazaar is owned and operated by the Hearst Corporation in the U.S. and The National Magazine Company in the U.K. Hearst purchased the magazine in 1912.

Harper & Brothers founded the magazine. This company also gave birth to Harper's Magazine and HarperCollins Publishing.

Glenda Bailey is the editor-in-chief of U.S. Harper's Bazaar.

with demi moore on the cover the 4/2010 issue

smooches,
cooc

Monday, April 26, 2010

TREND OF THE WEEK: Oversized Jewlery

dear bloggers,
recently i visited an acessory store off N Michigan Avenue and it had every possible girly glammed acessory you could possibly imagine! i loved it!
but with the rings? i kept on mistaking them for hair clips because they were sooooo large! now for me this was the final straw. this concluded the the chunky gotti super huge super bedazzled acessories were hot Hot HOT at the moment!
things like this hello kitty necklace. thick chains with ice aren't just for rappers any more!

some online websites i enjoy:
http://www.tanojewelry.com/
http://www.fashionjewelry24.com/
http://www.mimiboutique.com/
DESIGNER JEWELRY coco likes:
http://www.betseyjohnson.com/Jewelry/pl/c/6005.html
http://www.tiffany.com/Shopping/Default.aspx?mcat=148204
http://shop.nordstrom.com/
http://www.bloomingdales.com/
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/Entry.jsp?site_refer=360i+G&kw_refer=saks

smooches,
coco

Friday, April 23, 2010

The dying art of Haute Couture!!



dear bloggers,
the other day in my fashion survey class my teacher brought up an amazing point!

HAUTE COUTURE (French for high dress making or high sewing) refers to the creation of exclusive custom-fitted clothing. Haute couture is made to order for a specific customer, and it is usually made from high-quality, expensive fabric and sewn with extreme attention to detail and finish by the most experienced and capable seamstresses, often using time-consuming, hand-executed techniques. Couture is a common abbreviation of Haute Couture, which refers to the same thing in spirit. i dis agree, today, in america, the word Couture is takin to lightly. peopleuse couture to describe today, ready to wear or Pret a Porter clothes. it's takin to lightly.In France, the term haute couture is protected by law and is defined by the Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Paris based in Paris, France. Their rules state that only "those companies mentioned on the list drawn up each year by a commission domiciled at the Ministry for Industry are entitled to avail themselves" of the label haute couture. The criteria for haute couture were established in 1945 and updated in 1992.To earn the right to call itself a couture house and to use the term haute couture in its advertising and any other way, members of the Chambre syndicale de la haute couture must follow these rules:


1.)Design made-to-order for private clients, with one or more fittings.
2.)Have a workshop (atelier) in Paris that employs at least fifteen people full-time.
3.)Each season (i.e., twice a year), present a collection to the Paris press, comprising at least thirty-five runs/exits with outfits for both daytime wear and evening wear.
4.) all handmade, no machines
ready wear.

However, the term haute couture may have been misused by ready-to-wear brands since the late 1980s, so that its true meaning may have become blurred with that of prêt-à-porter (the French term for ready-to-wear fashion) in the public perception. Every haute couture house also markets prêt-à-porter collections, which typically deliver a higher return on investment than their custom clothing. In fact, much of the haute couture displayed at fashion shows today is rarely sold; it is created to enhance the prestige of the house.
NOW YOU KNOW!
smooches,
coco

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Agency Spotlight: IMG Models


dear bloggers,
today i'm talking about the Multi media company IMG, among the many many media outlets IMG has one of the best models agencies in the world! its known for its big name clients and world known models, if your signed with IMG you have reached the top!

With offices in New York, London, Paris, Milan and Singapore, IMG Models expertly manages the careers of the world's top models and trend-setting celebrities. Our clients capture coveted spots in editorial and mass market fashion – from the world's chicest runways to high-profile magazines, ad campaigns and catalogs. Outside of fashion, their appeal extends to profitable commercial ventures!

any model would be blessed by divine intervention to be signed with IMG!
smooches,
coco

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Designer spotlight: RALPH LAUREN




dear bloggers,
one of my favorite preppy american designers, Ralph Lauren!


early Years:
Ralph Lauren establishes the Polo label with an instantly successful line of ties. In direct opposition to the narrow ties and conventional styles of the time, Lauren designs wide, handmade ties using unexpected, flamboyant, opulent materials. The ties quickly become a menswear status item. and as you know grew from there.
today, the Ralph Lauren company has a number of men, women, and children lines and countless fragrances and home decor. the target market is everyone interested in an American classic with some extra money in there pocket. bottom line___ Ralph Lauren is the ultimate in American prepster style.
smooches,
coco

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

fashion world: TOKYO!!

dear bloggers,
Allow me to introduce a new subject FASHION WORLD, it about the different countries and their distinct way of dressing according to their culture. today I'm going to write about my personal favorite TOKYO,JAPAN!Lady Gaga's fashion choices are just like that of a typical girl walking down the street in shibuya or harajuku! Tokyo fashion(to most westerners) is odd or maybe even weird but that's the very reason i love it. My Trip to japan, when i was younger, was one of the many places that shaped my fashion palette now as a young adult.


ok so the city of tokyo is dividedin to fashion district each one with a unique street style.
AOYAMA
“select high-fashion district”. Aoyama visitors are the upscale trendy wealthy Japanese fashionistas, from 25 to 40 years old looking for trendy and unique fashionable brands, designers and concepts.


DAIKANYAMA
FOR THE MORE MAUTURE/CONSERVATIVE the backstreets of this “European fashion district”. Daikanyama visitors are the trendy casual Japanese fashionistas, from 25 to 35 years old looking for trendy fashionable designers and concepts

HARAJUKU
Harajuku (原宿) in Japan refers to an area around Harajuku train station. Harajuku style is a japanese fashion adopted by the teenagers and young adults in the area and its side streets which have many boutiques, trendy stores and used clothes shops.

Japanese Harajuku Girls and Harajuku Style has been used to describe teens dressed in many fashion styles ranging from Gothic Lolita (also gothic loli) Visual Kei, Ganguro, Gyaru, Kogal, to "cute" Kawaii style clothing.




SHIBUYA
one of the most well known and visited fashion district in all japan where you will get a distinct mix of all the above and then some!my personal favorite!It is the young hype fast-fashion area, for teens to early 20’s Japanese fashionistas. Trends are very fast, and tastes are diverse, but mainly focused on the “Gals” and university students. The Jinnan area is targeting the young casual market. Shibuya girls and guys styles are changing very fast. shibuya is also the birth place of The Ganguru trend.Ganguru which means "black face" in japanese is a controversial trend where woman tan there skin and get very dark dye their hair blonde, then wear white make up and lip stick










yes she's serious!

all together japanese fashion is very different from our own! there are many other fashion districts but these wher my main four. its diferent crazy out there and i love it!
smooches,
coco

Monday, April 19, 2010

trend of the week: DIE ROMPER DIE!!!!!




dear bloggers,
NO!!!just NO!!!
I don't care what u say, this look is not cute! you will look like a grown ass woman dressed like a baby, thinkin she look cute! plus they ride up your ass! not flaterring at all. unless ur skinny as a tooth pick and 5'10 don't wear this!!!
now there are exceptions, but very few! don't invest in this look as it is already past the trend cycle and is already out of style! so why do i write this? BECAUSE I STILL SEE THEM!
smooches,
coco

Saturday, April 17, 2010

store spotlight: Neiman Marcus since 1907!!!!!

dear bloggers,
i thought today i would talk about a store that i don't really shop at but i definately think i should stop in to take a look to really apprecciate its 100+ years in the game. lets take time to appreciat Neiman Marcus

1907: First Neiman Marcus store, specializing in upscale women's clothing, is opened in Dallas by Herbert Marcus, his sister Carrie, and her husband, Al Neiman.
1928: Men's clothing is added to the store's offerings with the opening of the Man's Shop.
1951: Second Neiman Marcus store is opened in a Dallas suburb.
1955: Expansion outside Dallas begins with the opening of a store in Houston.
1968: Company merges into Broadway-Hale Stores, Inc. (later Carter Hawley Hale Stores, Inc.), aiding further expansion.
1984: The Limited attempts a hostile takeover of Carter Hawley; General Cinema Corporation steps in as white knight, acquiring a 38.6 percent stake in Carter Hawley.
1987: Second hostile takeover attempt leads to spinoff of Carter Hawley's specialty store division as a publicly traded firm called The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc.; General Cinema (later Harcourt General, Inc.) holds a 60 percent stake in the new firm, which includes the Neiman Marcus stores, Bergdorf Goodman, and the Contempo Casuals chain.
1988: Neiman Marcus Group acquires the Horchow catalog operation.
1995: Contempo Casuals chain is sold to Wet Seal, Inc.
1998: Chef's Catalog is acquired; first Galleries of Neiman Marcus stores open; Neiman Marcus Group acquires a 51 percent stake in Gurwitch Bristow Products, LLC, maker and marketer of the Laura Mercier cosmetic line.
1999: A 56 percent interest in designer handbag maker Kate Spade LLC is acquired; Harcourt General ends its majority control of The Neiman Marcus Group, reducing its stake to 10 percent.




TODAY:Neiman Marcus, formerly Neiman-Marcus, is a luxury specialty retail department store operated by the Neiman Marcus Group in the United States. The company is headquartered in the One Marcus Square building in Downtown Dallas, Texas,[1] and competes with other department stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York, and Bloomingdale's. The Neiman Marcus Group also operates Bergdorf Goodman specialty retail department stores on Fifth Avenue in New York City and a direct marketing division, Neiman Marcus Direct, which operates catalogue and online operations under the Horchow, Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman names.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Fashion Movie: Valentino: the last Emperor



dear bloggers,
Last week i blogged about Anna Wintour and all the nuts and bolts that she screws to put put together a little magazine called Vogue. but today i;m talking about a documentary about one of the most well known names in not just the fashion world but, a name that is recognized by the masses. If you have any interest in haute couture and the process from design to runway this is a film that may interest you. Not only does it show how a designer prepares for a fashion show in Paris, Rome and Venice, but it digs deep into the personal side of Valentino and his relationship to partner, Giancarlo Giamatti. It really shows Valentino warts and all as the viewer sees his weaknesses and excesses as well as times of temper. All in all this is a great character study of one of the fashion icons that was one of the last haute couturiers of an era where creativity and artistry was the major ingredient for success. This film also reveals how others managed to take the business from underneath them in a very distasteful way. Through interviews and following Valentino around daily the story naturally unfolds and gives viewers a glimpse of an industry not many people know a great deal about the inner workings of. If you are interested in fashion and how designers come up with their creations you might want to check this one out. This will not appeal to everyone, but I found it quite fascinating.




Tracing Valentino's life from his 70th birthday to his final couture show, this fashionable documentary captures the spirit of the legendary designer's influence on the style and substance of the way we look. Highlights include an intimate, behind-the-scenes peek at his relationship with longtime business partner and lover Giancarlo Giammetti, as well as an up-close and personal look at the designer's creative process.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

fashion events in chicago for april 2010

dear bloggers if yo happen to be in chicago during the month of april here sre some events you mught want to check out.

STYLEWARS2010
7 pm
Hotel Sax , 333 N Dearborn

On April 22nd top tier fashion/art insiders will join forces at the Hotel Sax to celebrate avant-garde creativity as part of STYLEWARS2010 presented by VYNE.

The event is expected to bring more than 500 guests to the illustrious hotel to support 8 stylists vying for a chance to win a contract with the Timothy Priano Agency, an editorial in VYNE Magazine shot with the acclaimed photographer Jeff Sciortino and VYNE Creative Director Milan Richardson, a segment on television, and perhaps best of all win bragging rites as top Chicago stylist. Stylists will be creating “collections” for the runway showcase by pulling clothing and accessories from local designers as a way of featuring multiple local fashions in a new more sustainable light.

General access into the event is $35 and private access tickets are $60. Sponsor ABSOLUT will provide a complimentary bar with one of a kind cocktails created for the event by award winning mixologists. The night will also include a concert from the artist Nikki Lynette. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Chicago Fashion Foundation. Tickets may be purchased at stylewars2010.com. Event access will not be available for purchase at the door.
Apr 22




april 27th
SPEED NETWORKING EVENT WITH AIBI!
5:30 - 8:00 pm
Rumba, 351 W. Hubbard St

Come join the Apparel Industry Board & connect with business professionals that you need to do business with!

Meet members of your industry in a short amount of time at the Apparel Industry Board’s version of “speed networking”.

Costs: Members -$30.00, Non-Members – $35.00 (includes cocktails & hors d’oeurves). $10.00 Valet Parking

RSVP to aibi@aibi.com or 312.836.1041


also one that i am very excited for:

designer spotlight: long live Mcqueen!







dear bloggers,
as you all know the late alexander Mcqueens last collection was shown last month. heres 5 of his 16 piece collection fo fall 2010.Alexander McQueen dropped out of school at age 16 to pursue a career in fashion design, learning tailoring on Savile Row and pattern making from costumiers Angels and Bermans. He showed his degree collection fresh out of the Central Saint Martins Masters program in 1994, which was bought in its entirety by style icon and fashion editor Isabella Blow. The label is known for its dramatic, gorgeously constructed pieces, combining elements of British tailoring with French couture. Signature looks included billowy dresses cut in hourglass silhouettes, frock coats paired with skinny pants, sharp, angular suiting, and darkly romantic gowns covered in intricate embroidery and lace. Gucci Group acquired 51 percent of the label in 2000. In 2004, McQueen designed his first menswear collection and was named British Menswear Designer of the Year by the British Fashion Council. The brand introduced fragrances in 2003 and 2005 (Kingdom and MyQueen) and in January 2006 launched McQ, a more affordable, denim-based ready-to-wear line including menswear, womenswear, and accessories. McQueen flagships stores are in London, New York, Milan, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas, and franchised stores are in Istanbul and Moscow. Tragically, McQueen was found dead in his London apartment in February 2010. The cause of death was suicide.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

i started a twitter!

dear bloggers,
i started a twitter today,
follow me,
http://twitter.com/Coco4fashion
smooches,
coco

model of the week: The sexy Andres Velenoso




Dear bloggers,
this sexy spainiard first came on to the fashion scene in 2000. two years later he books the spring ad campaign for Banana Republic and his career sky rockets from there.Velenoso has works with many big names launching his own in the fashion world to super status, especially when he started dating pop singer Kylie Minogue. EVERYBODY wants to work with him. EVERY GIRL want to bewith him and EVERY GUY wants to be him! he sexy sophistcated and has an accent!
smooches
coco

Monday, April 12, 2010

trend of the week: shorts shorts and trouser shorts




Short shorts; trouser shorts (spring 2010): Alexander Wang, Yves Saint Laurent, 3.1 Phillip Lim

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

trends of the week: clogs???


dansko,Guess, and Steve Madden


dear bloggers,
Seriously? CLOGS?! not the ugg clogs or croc clogs! actual fashion diva clogs! who would have ever thought this would ever be cool anywear other than eastern europe!
but in all seriousness this trend is truely unexpected and i have to say i honestly like it! do i think it will last? no

Designer Spot Light: diane von furstenburg


some photos from her fall 2010 show
dear bloggers,
Diane Von Furstenberg first arrived in the fashion world in 1972 with her iconic wrap dress, the seed of what is today a full fashion house. By 1976, Diane had sold millions of her dresses, coming to symbolize female power and freedom to an entire generation. In 1997, after a hiatus from fashion, Diane reemerged on the New York fashion scene with the re-launch of the dress that had started it all and began transforming her company into the global luxury lifestyle brand it is today.
http://www.dvf.com/dvf/home.jsp

she is By far my favorite designer to date! for the past three season she has kept my attention and captivated me with her bold prints and of course the traditional jersey wrap dress! its like she keeps getting better! she defines my the style i would love to empathize someday!!!